The statistics show that almost all Swedish companies to some extent, use software-based products or services, even though only about a fifth develop their own software. However, the software development companies are essential in the economy and are associated with innovation, technological development, exports and present future expansion plans.
The report’s results show that the demand for expertise in programming and software development is broad and varied. Demand cannot be met with only more of what is available today, but there is a need for new ways to meet the competence needs of the future.
“Swedsoft is proud to present these statistics. We are already hearing today from authorities and organizations about how the data will be a basis for decision making for them. It should also be a basis for planning and developing education,”says Gabriel Modéus, Secretary General of Swedsoft.
The report has been made within the framework of “Kompetensbehov och kurser för yrkesverksamma inom IT och konkurrenskraftig produkt”, KIT (the Competence Needs Project and courses for professionals in IT and Competitive Product ) run by Linneaus University, Swedsoft, Örebro University, University West, Mälardalen University, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Teknikföretagen (the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries). The project is financed by Vinnova and with Statistics Sweden as the provider of data collection.
The report has been written by Martin Andersson, professor Blekinge Institute of Technology, Swedish The entrepreneurship Forum (Entreprenörskapsforum) and affiliated to the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), och Joakim Wernberg, Research Director, Swedish The entrepreneurship Forum and is avalible for download here:
Den programmeringsbara ekonomin (pdf, Swedish only)